Simon Willison’s Weblog


Friday, 30th January 2004

No more usernames in URLs

This one could get very interesting. Microsoft have announced that an upcoming update to Internet Explorer will remove the ability to include usernames in URLs completely. This is in response to the growing problem of so called “phishing” scams, which use trick URLs to con important information such as passwords and credit card details out of unsuspecting browser users.

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Greylisting (via) Interesting short term approach to email spam

# 8:25 am

Hutton—a wise old bird? (via) Hutton conspiracy theories

# 4:39 pm

Custom URLParser for Webware. Our new in-house CMS does something similar

# 4:57 pm

craigblog. Craig from craigslist blogs

# 5 pm

Bouncing Termsheets. Understanding venture capital

# 6:17 pm

RSS native parsing in the next Firebird. Aggregators, aggregators, everywhere I look

# 6:59 pm

Wired News: Flower Power Takes on Land Mines (via) Good science at work

# 7:10 pm

Election boxes easy to mess with (via) More on Diebold’s ludicrous security

# 7:11 pm / diebold, electronicvoting, security

IE Factor, Exemplified. Detailed explanation of an obscure IE border bug

# 7:16 pm

Slouching toward Big Brother (via) Security is a trade-off

# 7:18 pm / bruce-schneier, security

Accessible UK Train Timetable (via) Great use of screen scraping to fix broken websites

# 7:53 pm

Ian Lloyd holding a wombat (via) I never knew they were so fat

# 8:35 pm

The PC G5 thing was a hoax. Thank goodness for that :)

# 11:19 pm

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